National Library to update profile, data of libraries

National Library  to update profile, data of libraries

Illustration—Processing and gathering library data offers many benefits such as helping the national library in reviewing and developing national standards for all types of libraries, according to Perpusnas. (Pexel)

This has become a challenge for the national library to always improve the quality of data and information provision as well as its services.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) will update the data and profile of libraries on its database using a library data collection application that will integrate Library Identification Number (NPP) and region-based library mapping.

The integration will apply to general libraries, special libraries, school libraries, and university libraries, Perpusnas' libraries resources development deputy, Deni Kurniadi, said in a statement on Thursday.

People require diverse data and information to be delivered on time and quickly, he noted.

"This has become a challenge for the national library to always improve the quality of data and information provision as well as its services," he said during a Library Data Collection Forum Discussion Group (FDG).

A library census conducted in 2018 had pegged the number of libraries in Indonesia at 164,610, he said.

"This library data collection is to ensure the latest data, at least not just their name or address, but also their profile," Kurniadi explained.

Moreover, in 2022, the national library included library data collection activity within the deconcentration fund, he added.

It is expected that provincial and district or city library services could actively complete the library data, he said.

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Processing and gathering library data offers many benefits such as helping the national library in reviewing and developing national standards for all types of libraries, he informed.

It also supports the provision of mentorship and development of all types of libraries' mapping efforts as well as helps formulate and evaluate national planning and policies in the library department, he said.

"It is expected that this meeting could become the foundation for the creation of data accuracy to bolster the existence of libraries as a part of a collective effort to develop competitive regions and people," Kurniadi affirmed.

Meanwhile, the head of Perpusnas' General and Special Library Development Center, Upriyadi, noted that data collection would help the national and provincial library service to guide libraries in regions.

"From this data, we would know the real condition of libraries on the field. This data will also be the guideline for policymaking in the future," he expounded.
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